Researching Safer Nuclear Energy
Source: New York Times, Matthew Wald (8/16/11)
"The DOE, affirming its support for energy fields that are low in carbon emissions, announced that it will give $39M to university programs around the country to research nuclear energy safety."
On Tuesday, the Energy Department, handing out research grants in all kinds of energy fields that are low in carbon dioxide emissions, is announcing that it will give $39 million to university programs around the country to try to solve various nuclear problems. The money will go to a variety of projects at 31 universities in 20 states. Several focus on nuclear waste.
Two researchers at Clemson University, for example, will get $1 million to study the behavior of particles of nuclear waste when buried in clay in metal canisters that have rusted. One open question, according to the researchers, is how a high temperature, which would be generated by the waste itself, affects the interactions. These are important to understanding how the waste would spread over time. The goal is to "reduce uncertainty" about the life expectancy of atomic particles. . .View full article